Welcome to the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence and the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy

  • USASMA provides Professional Military Education that develops enlisted leaders to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy was founded in July 1972, and graduated its first students in 1973. Since that time, USASMA has graduated hundreds of thousands of Soldiers from various Noncommissioned Officer Education System courses, and continually adapts to meet the needs of our nation’s defense. The Academy is headed by a three-star level nominative command sergeant major and is supported by a world-class staff and academic faculty.


USASMA in the News

USASMA outlines changes to NCOPDS

The Army’s NCO Education System has not been updated as an entire system for over 40 years. Army Executive Order (EXORD 236-15) directed the Army-wide implementation and change of the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS) from the NCO Education System during the last quarter of FY17. The NCOPDS initiatives involved renaming the Warrior Leader Course to the Basic Leader Course and adding a Master Leader Course for Sergeants First Class selected for promotion to Master Sergeant. Subsequent fragmentary orders added the implementation of Deferment policy updates, the Select, Train, Educate, and Promote (STEP) policy, the delivery of the Digital Ruck Sack, and enhancing the Army Career Tracker. These directives guided change to the entire NCO Professional Military Education (PME) learning continuum. These changes consist of the creation of the Distributed Leader Courses (DLC), which is the complete overhaul of the legacy Structured Self-Development-(SSD) program, linking the DLC to the resident NCO PME, and ensuring the entire learning continuum is sequential and progressive. In addition, curriculum for all levels of NCO PME is formatted in the Army’s new Experiential Learning Model (ELM) that is more conducive to student centered, adult education.

Leader Core Competencies (LCC)

TRADOC determined that there are six Leader Core Competencies (LCC), which all NCOs should develop while in PME. The six LCCs are Readiness, Leadership, Training Management, Army and Joint Operations, Program Management, and Communications. The USASMA used …. Read More

What is Army U?

The most common question heard by senior members of Army University is always, “What is Army University?” The newest education institution in the U.S. Army was created to unify the training and educational institutions of the Army, making the large learning organization more effective and efficient for its soldiers, bringing together thirty-seven different institutions in twenty-three states, with an annual student throughput of five hundred thousand. Encompassing two different degree-producing schools, the University seeks to improve opportunities for soldiers in credentialing and licensure, along with exploring the ability to grant a limited number of military-focused undergraduate degrees. Just as critical, the University has the responsibility to grow relationships with civilian learning partners in the educational and corporate communities to aid active Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve soldiers while in service and in thousands of cities and towns throughout the United States. … Read More

What Is USASMA For?

To Drive Change for NCO and enlisted Soldier education

What Do We Do?

We Develop, Teach, Maintain. Train. Distribute, Operate

Attention SGMs/CSMs:

CALL FOR APPLICANTS, U.S. ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM. From USASMA: Did you know there is an opportunity in the Army to earn a Master’s Degree in Adult Education without using your GI Bill? The U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy is looking for Command Sergeants Major and Sergeants Major with less than 25 years of service as of August 2018 to apply for the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship Program. Applicants must be an Active Component, National Guard; Troop Program Unit, or Active Guard/Reserve Sergeant Major who is a graduate of the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Resident/Non-Resident Course. https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-398950

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